Our Top Southern Inspired Touches
A little southern charm
By Natalie Tsang
October 19, 2011
You don't need to be from the south to want to show a little southern hospitality. Famous for it's delicious filling foods, romance, and aristocratic touches, a Southern inspired wedding combines elegance and warmth.
While the wedding cake may often be decorated in white and and is light in texture or color, the grooms cake is usually dark and dense like chocolate, fruitcake, or cheesecake. Many couples have fun with the groom's cake and have the shape and decoration honor the groom's hobbies, talents or interests.
Instead of being eaten at the reception, it is often boxed up and taken home by guests. Tradition has it that if a single girl sleeps with the cake under her pillow, she will dream of her husband. In some cases, you can have boxed individual slices as a wedding favor.
The charm cake is usually served to the bridesmaids at the bridesmaids' tea or luncheon. Silver charms are attached to ribbons and inserted in, under, or between layers of cake. The charms are all different and each represent a fortune. For instance, a coin is for luck. The bridesmaids pull the ribbons to receive their charms. The ribbons can be color coordinated so single, married, and very young women all receive appropriate fortunes.
You can talk to your baker about incorporating this tradition or do it yourself. You can buy kits online.
The hot humid summers of the South have led to the creation of great drinks. Mint juleps were a favorite of William Faulkner and a mainstay at the Kentucky derby. Other Southern classics include sweet tea and Bourbon whisky.
Lace and grace
The English aren't the only people mad for hats and gloves. It's also a very southern style! If you're having an outside wedding, an added touch is to have your bridesmaids carry parasols. The Southern bride is usually demure with covered shoulders, match this with lace gloves for an elegant ensemble. For a local touch include traditional Southern flowers such as Magnolia, gardenia and freesias in the bouquet.